More than 400 felines from across the district fitted with micro chips for free at a two day event run by the Wellington SPCA at Fever Hospital at the weekend.
"The event was a fantastic success," the organisation’s marketing manager James Craw said.
Microchipping identifies an animal allowing for the quick return of lost pets to their owners.
Among the scores of domestic animals was a cat which weighed more than 10 kilograms and some unusual breeds – Ragdoll and Maine Coon, Mr Craw said.
One cat lover took the opportunity to get all six of her pets microchipped.
"Almost all of the cats were extremely well-behaved, with only a couple at Sunday's event requiring heavy gloves and the steady hands of an Inspector to restrain them while the microchip was injected," he said. said.
Most of the owners elected to give a donation in exchange for the micro chip, which normally costs about $60.
The Wellington SPCA hoped to hold a similar event in the future, widening it to include dogs and rabbits.
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